Linklaters LLP routinely handles a significant volume of market-leading transactions on behalf of many of the world’s foremost corporates, private equity houses, and investment banks. Over the past year, the team has advised on some of the most high-value UK and global deals, working with blue-chip clients from the worlds of consumer goods, TMT, energy, financial services, natural resources, and healthcare on layered, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team is going through some internal changes, with heavyweight Charlie Jacobs retiring from the firm to take on a role at JP Morgan, while former corporate head Aedamar Comiskey has stepped into his shoes as senior partner. Simon Branigan is now head of corporate, leading a team which also includes Jessamy Gallagher , who jointly leads the firm’s global infrastructure offering, public M&A partner Nick Rumsby , and James Inglis. Other key names to note include Derek Tong , who heads up the UK technology sector team and Fionnghuala Griggs , who serves as co-head of the firm’s global Fintech offering and is noted by clients for her ‘impressive’ acumen in M&A and consortium transactions and . Jane Cai is recommended for her cross-border experience in industrials, extractives, and telecoms.
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ in London
Matthew Middleditch; Simon Branigan
Other key lawyers:
James Inglis; Nick Rumsby; David Martin; Jessamy Gallagher; Derek Tong; Fionnghuala Griggs; Simon Branigan, Owen Clay; Ian Hunter; Dan Schuster-Woldan; George Yiend; Lorna Tennett; Sarah Flaherty; Aedamar Comiskey
‘The Linklaters team was exceptionally responsive, experienced, commercially pragmatic, and a pleasure to work with, in a very complex multi-national transaction.’
‘Stuart Bedford led the transaction and was the epitome of calm under pressure, bringing immense composure and experience when it was most needed. He was ably assisted by partners Finn Griggs and Derek Tong who were organised, responsive, and impressive.’
‘Good work, quick to respond, good team.’
‘The strength and depth of the Linklaters team is extremely impressive. Their ability to mobilise quickly and experience in supporting large scale M&A makes them an incredible asset to have in a team.’
‘Derek Tong – A technically brilliant M&A lawyer with a commercial focus, a real force in negotiations and the model of composure at all times. He is a partner who provides genuine inspiration to his associates.’
Just Eat Takeaway.com
Advent International Corporation
- Acting for Hg and Montagu on the $12.2bn leveraged buyout of Visma.
- Advised Carlyle on the acquisition of a minority stake in Compañía Española de Petróleos, SAU (Cepsa) from Mubadala Investment Company.
- Advised CK Hutchison on the €10bn sale of its telecom tower assets portfolio to Cellnex.
Slaughter and May's preeminent reputation in the UK public M&A space continues to be backed up by the data. The firm advised on nearly a third of the highest value UK deals in 2020 and still has one of the largest rosters of FTSE 100 and 250 clients of any law firm. Its commitment to long-term relationships with clients means some 200 of its clients have worked with the firm for more than 20 years. The highly acclaimed group is jointly led by Andy Ryde and Roland Turnill, who head up the firm's corporate and M&A offerings respectively. David Johnson boasts extensive public and private M&A experience, with recent highlights including major acquisitions and joint ventures for blue-chip clients in the leisure sector. In addition to co-heading the firm's data protection and privacy practice, Rebecca Cousin handles corporate and commercial instructions from a broad range of high-profile entities. The highly regarded Sally Wokes is recommended for her experience leading big-ticket, international deals, most recently for multinational retailers, whileVictoria MacDuff is described by one client as 'the best lawyer I have ever worked with'. Other key names to note in the practice include Simon Nicholls ; Paul Dickson ; Robert Innes and Richard Smith . However the firm has seen several departures in today's increasingly global marketplace. Up and coming M&A and private equity partner Murray Cox left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP , while Susannah Macknay moved to Gilbert & Tobin in Melbourne.
Andy Ryde; Roland Turnill
Other key lawyers:
David Johnson; Rebecca Cousin; Sally Wokes; Natalie Cook; Victoria MacDuff; Harry Hecht; James Cook; Steve Cook
‘Incredible client service combined with broad knowledge and good judgement.’
‘Victoria MacDuff is – by a long way – the best lawyer I have ever worked with. The clarity and commerciality of her advice is exceptional. The teams which she brings to transactions are also carefully matched to our requirements, working styles and personalities – making transactions with Slaughter’s a superior experience. Notable mentions go to Harry Hecht and Oliver Gratton.’
‘More than any other law firm I have worked with they fall into the trusted adviser category, the breadth of each partner’s experience across multiple specialisms gives them a unique perspective on the challenges facing a business.’
‘The partners are all high quality (obviously) and very personable. the bench strength of the associates is equally consistent.’
‘The team worked incredibly hard and seamlessly together to support our public to private transaction’
Royal Dutch Shell
Standard Life Aberdeen
- Advising RSA Insurance Group on the recommended cash offer for RSA’s entire issued share capital.
- Advising Just Eat Takeaway.com on its combination with Grubhub Inc.
- Advised Walmart on the sale of a majority stake in Asda Group Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart, to a consortium comprising the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.
Boasting a deep bench of experienced lawyers and a sizeable global footprint, Allen & Overy LLP is regularly drafted in by an impressive roster of FTSE-listed multinationals and major overseas companies on high profile mandates. Since 2015, A&O’s corporate/M&A practice has advised on more than 1,770 deals worth more than £1.3trn and it has significantly grown its share of FTSE 100 and 250 clients over the last 10 years as it is moved to strengthen its corporate team. Over the course of the past 12 months, Dominic Morris‘ team has handled a flurry of high profile M&A and other strategically significant transactions, including advising Liberty Global on its deal with Telefónica SA to merge Virgin Media and O2. Morris has a particular focus on outbound work for US corporates, while global corporate head David Broadley routinely advises clients on high-profile acquisitions and disposals. Seth Jones is a key contact for public takeovers and public M&A more broadly, leading the team on many of the firm’s biggest instructions of the year. Claire Coppel advises clients on a range of public and private M&A, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional deals for energy companies and business services providers.
Other key lawyers:
David Broadley; Seth Jones; Claire Coppel; Richard Hough; Jeremy Parr; Richard Browne; Gillian Holgate; Annabelle Croker
‘Their innate knowledge and skills are the best I have encountered. They are so much more than just a legal advisor. They know how to strategically work through the most difficult challenges and have unique solutions that go beyond just knowing the law.’
‘Dominic Morris has been a terrific asset to us. As the leader of our deal team, he has provided valuable insight on market practices and put together a team of subject-matter experts who have really added value to our transaction. He is mindful of business objectives and deadlines and works tirelessly to make sure that we are satisfied’
‘Ash Tiwari was the leader of our diligence team and did a masterful job of managing that process for a very complicated business. She easily grasped business concepts and details and was able to simplify complicated concepts. She made my job easier by coordinating various workstreams and meeting tight deadlines. She is a true professional, and I look forward to working with her on future transactions.’
‘David Broadley and Ash Tiwari are among the best lawyers I have ever worked with anywhere – truly world class. Sharp, commercial, attentive, super committed and, on a personal level, an absolute joy to deal with. Trusted advisors for sure.’
‘Seth Jones’ experience is something that money can’t buy. No one else could have guided us through the transaction the way he did.’
‘Richard Hough is an outstanding lawyer and easy to work with.’
‘Richard Browne is a top notch professional who gives 150% all the time – to all his clients, I am sure – while making it seem easy and effortless. At his level, there is usually a considerable ego that goes along with ability. In Richard’s case, this is notably – and refreshingly – absent.
‘Annabelle Croker is a top notch professional who is unflappable under pressure and always warm and a pleasure to deal with.’
Marks & Spencer plc
Imperial Brands plc
Man Group plc
NatWest Group plc
Sage Group plc
TT Electronics plc
Associated British Foods plc
TP ICAP plc
Reckitt Benckiser plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc
21st Century Fox
- Advised Liberty Global on its deal with Telefónica SA to merge Virgin Media and O2.
- Advised Peloton on its acquisition of Precor.
- Advised Pennon Group on the sale of its recycling and residual waste management division to KKR.
An exceptional 12 months for Clifford Chance LLP has seen the magic circle firm advise on a series of blockbuster deals for some of the largest telecoms providers and financial services corporations in the world, including advising Telefonica on the O2/Virgin Media merger. Beyond these headline transactions, the team's cross-sector focus ensures that they are also sought out by leading domestic and international names across sectors including renewable energy, natural resources, and information technology. Co-practice head Melissa Fogarty has recently played a key role on high profile deals for clients in the TMT, agriculture, and consumer goods sectors, while David Pudge's highly agile M&A practice is underpinned by consumer goods sector expertise that sees him regularly advising major retailers. Tim Lewis has recently handled high-value takeover bids and take private offers for various financial institutions, while Steven Fox has been engaged on Covid response mandates for multiple corporate clients, as well as on big-ticket transactional work. Gareth Camp co-heads the London healthcare and life sciences practice, working on numerous strategic transactions for some of the foremost pharmaceutical companies and public bodies in the sector. Katherine Moir is noted for cross-border public and private M&A.
Melissa Fogarty; Nigel Wellings
Other key lawyers:
David Pudge; Tim Lewis; Steven Fox; Gareth Camp; Lee Coney; David Lewis; Katherine Moir
‘The team stands out with its proactive approach, seamless project coordination internally as well as with other advisors and consultants, swift response time and broad coverage of all relevant legal areas. I would also stress the ability to allocate the right level of seniority at any given task.’
‘David Lewis is strong in negotiations; following the project closely without getting lost in the details; excellent in advising on key strategic objectives; very efficient in managing the project team in the background.’
‘Steven Fox is very down to earth, accessible and solution orientated.’
‘Tim Lewis – very commercial and tenacious for his clients.’
‘Lee Coney – Takeover Code expert and incisive thinker.’
‘It is a truly global law firm with different offices across the globe which work seamlessly together; a world class M&A practice: dedicated to get deals done, practical, creative when it comes to structuring of deals, but also always diligent and seeking solutions to resolve issues that inevitably come up in any deal.’
‘The team is very good, proactive and commercially focused.’
‘Highly integrated team, well-connected and very responsive.’
Chrysaor Holdings Limited
Intact Financial Corporation
Nova Resources B.V.
Port & Free Zone World FZE
Nielsen Holdings plc
Jupiter Fund Management plc
- Advised Telefónica on its 50:50 joint venture with Liberty Global to combine O2 and Virgin Media.
- Advised Cellnex Telecom on the acquisition of the European telecommunications tower assets of CK Hutchison Holdings.
- Advised Chrysaor Holdings Limited on its proposed all share merger with Premier Oil plc by way of a reverse takeover.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's formidable roster of LSE-listed clients rivals only a handful of firms. Well-known corporates routinely turn to the Anglo Australian firm for advice on a host of public M&A transactions. The firm is noted for its expertise acrossTMT, infrastructure, renewables, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, all of which have been buoyant in the past year. Practice head and global M&A chief Gavin Davies is one of the busiest partners in the firm and has recently handled deals on behalf of a multitude of entities including REITs, financial services providers, and global telecoms companies. Stephen Wilkinson's 2020 highlights include representing MGM Resorts International in a multi-billion dollar cross-border merger. Caroline Rae's financial services sector expertise is complemented by a strong public and private M&A practice, taking the lead on some of the firm's most high-profile instructions over the last 12 months. M&A and ECM specialist Michael Jacobs arrived from Allen & Overy LLP in 2020, adding further weight to a team that was also strengthened by the return to full time practice of former senior partner James Palmer in 2021. The firm added PE strength with the addition of David D’Souza from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Wilkinson; Caroline Rae; Harriet Forrest; Alex Kay; Malcolm Lombers; Ben Ward
‘Very capable and trusted M&A team who work proactively to identify potential issues and advise on solutions in advance. They do the basics of project management and client service very well, which many advisers overlook the importance of. Genuine expertise in many areas.’
‘Gavin Davies is a very experienced M&A expert. Very responsive and on top of the details; doesn’t just pass on to others in his team. Classic trusted adviser.’
Acacia Research Corporation
Aernnova Aerospace Corporation S.A.
Ardonagh Group (formerly Towergate Insurance)
Associated British Foods
British American Tobacco
CalEnergy Resources Limited
Capital & Countries Properties
Ennismore International Management Limited
Gardner Aerospace Holdings
GIC Infra Holdings Pte Ltd
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
InterGlobe Enterprises (UK) Ltd
Millenium & Copthorne Hotels Plc
Moneysupermarket.com Group Plc
Old Mutual Plc
- Advised Tryg on an all-cash offer for RSA as a part of a consortium with Intact Financial Corporation to break up RSA.
- Advised Bharti Global and its consortium with the UK Government on its acquisition of OneWeb in connection with its US court-supervised Chapter 11 sale process.
- Advised National Grid on its acquisition of Western Power Distribution.
The City corporate group at Latham & Watkins has now built up to the point that it is regarded as one of the most established M&A practices at a US firm in London. In keeping with the growing importance of transatlantic activity, the team routinely handles some of the most significant public and private company deals in the market, acting on behalf of FTSE and NASDAQ-listed clients alike. The practice is jointly led by the life sciences focused Robbie McLaren and tech specialist Farah O’Brien, both of whom lead on many of the team’s most high-profile instructions. Nick A Cline is noted for his emphasis on UK and international transactions, advising well-known corporates on a range of deals and other strategic matters. Adding further strength to its bench, recent hires have included Sam Newhouse from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, as well as the tech-focused Mike Turner and Shing Lo (from Taylor Wessing LLP and Bird & Bird LLP respectively).
Robbie McLaren; Farah O’Brien
Other key lawyers:
Nick Cline; Sam Newhouse; Mike Turner; Shing Lo; Edward Barnett
‘You feel like their only client which at times is very confusing, considering the number of high profile transactions that they do! They have a very deep bench of lawyers with seeming expertise for pretty much everything a client might want.’
‘Nick Cline – the ultimate corporate partner for a client. He marshals all the expertise of the firm and ensures it is delivered with a precision and suitability that is astounding. Nick is also personally technically exceptional and rolls his sleeves up when necessary to ensure the perfect product/advice is provided to the client and without fail, on time.‘
‘A strong and growing practice with a very commercial approach. Their partners are empowered to do what they need to do to serve the client and I rarely see firm policies or process hamper the delivery of legal services.’
‘Extensive resources and expertise in life sciences.‘
‘Robbie McLaren is commercially focused.’
Alliance Pharma plc
NRG Energy, Inc
Venator Materials plc
- Advised NVIDIA on its acquisition of Arm Limited.
- Advised Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. on its sale of Vernalis to HitGen.
- Advised NRG Energy, Inc on its acquisition of Direct Energy.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
With one of the strongest benches of the US firms in London and robust transatlantic M&A capabilities, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP is an ascendant player on major UK corporate transactions. The 'unflappable' team routinely advises a host of FTSE-listed companies on premier M&A and private equity-backed deals, with recent big-ticket highlights in the words of consumer goods, entertainment, and eCommerce. The practice is jointly led by the 'visionary strategist' Lorenzo Corte, UK public M&A head Scott Hopkins, and global transactions co-chair Scott Simpson, who collectively bring decades of public and private M&A expertise to the table. Simon Toms' technology sector credentials make him a strong contact for clients from the fintech, media, and telecoms sectors, while George Knighton's recent highlights include major cross-border acquisitions and takeover bids. Newly promoted partner Ani Kusheva is well regarded by clients for her 'indefatigable' approach and experience across a host of corporate deals, while Denis Klimentchenko is widely praised for his financial acumen and abilities on de-SPAC transactions. The team received a further boost in late 2020 with the addition of Bruce Embley from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP , who advises on both M&A and private equity.
Scott Simpson; Scott Hopkins; Lorenzo Corte
Other key lawyers:
Simon Toms; George Knighton; Ani Kusheva; Denis Klimentchenko; Bruce Embley; Sarah Knapp
‘Service level is excellent – best law firm we use. Expertise is second to none, Effective and practical advice and counsel. Drive for results are also best in class on M&A. No drop off in technology. Huge network of outstanding local counsel throughout the world.’
‘Scott Simpson is the best deal attorney and general corporate advisor I have worked with. He is creative and incredibly responsive. I am comfortable having him present to our Board of Directors and our senior-most management.
‘Ani Kusheva is responsive and indefatigable. Bruce Embley is outstanding and always available. He is my go to! Denis Klimentchenko – probably the best lawyer I have ever worked with over 15 years of my in-house counsel experience.’
‘Scott Hopkins and Lorenzo Corte are responsive, knowledgable, and always have the best interest of their clients in mind.’
‘An exceptional team for large-scale transatlantic deals, particularly given their unique combination of US, UK and European expertise in the London-based M&A practice, backed up with superb capital markets, finance, tax and regulatory expertise. Great strong collaboration within and across the various teams, and benefit from strong working relationships within and across the firm.’
‘Great team to work with and good understanding and anticipation of client needs. Also unflappable under pressure, and strong communication. Particular mentions must go to Lorenzo Corte for excellent deal leadership and strategic planning. Has a very strong sense in complex deals for exactly which issues to press and which to let go.’
‘Denis Klimentchenko possesses a high intellect and great attention to detail. Has the added benefit of being highly numerate and financially-literate for a lawyer!’
‘Sarah Knapp is a powerhouse senior associate. She was the engine driving a complex and successful 10bn cross-border acquisition.’
‘I get senior, experienced and responsive support from Skadden. Skadden has invested time to get to know us, as a business and as individuals, which means there is significant trust and respect on both sides. Skadden is able to call on an unrivaled depth of M&A knowledge and expertise from the US and UK, such that we know we are getting world class advice on our transactions. However, we do not get scores of lawyers with a cast that changes on each deal. Instead we get the same lean, focused team of partners and associates, both in the core M&A team and across specialists, that we have known over several years and several deals.’
‘The firm recognise that every transaction is important to their customers. So through the lens of the customer they advise objectively, realistically and provide excellent guidance on timing, patience and milestones.’
Zuber and Mohsin Issa/ TDR Capital
Electronic Arts Inc.
Fortiana Holdings Limited
Silver Lake Partners
Barilla Iniziative S.p.A.
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.
One of the world’s largest asset managers
Willis Tower Watson plc
Consortium of banks comprising BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs
- Advised Zuber and Mohsin Issa and TDR Capital on their acquisition of a majority stake in Asda from Walmart.
- Advised Adevinta ASA on its acquisition of eBay’s classifieds business.
- Advised Sampo plc on shareholder arrangements and the debt financing with joint offeror Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Limited to support their takeover bid for Hastings Group Holdings plc.
Ashurst‘s team is routinely instructed by a sizeable roster of FTSE-listed UK corporates and investment banks from the tech, financial services, energy, infrastructure, and media sectors. Well-regarded partner Karen Davies has recently been appointed as global chair and has close ties to many of the firm’s most high-profile clients, leading on a multitude of cross-border public M&A deals. Tom Mercer is experienced in public company M&A and has recently advised national retailers and investment banks. The corporate team has been on a lateral hiring streak in recent months, securing four partners in a little over a year: restructuring and insolvency specialist Richard de Carle from Slaughter and May; Markjan van Schaardenburgh from Linklaters LLP; corporate governance specialist Will Chalk from Addleshaw Goddard, and the high-growth tech focused Jonathan Cohen from Clyde & Co LLP.
Karen Davies; Jason Radford
Other key lawyers:
Tom Mercer; Nick Williamson
‘Tom Mercer has excellent technical skills, advice and client care.’
‘Karen Davies a technically excellent practitioner with a calm manner. Karen tackles the tricky issues with pragmatism and poise.’
‘Nick Williamson – customer focused and committed to providing practical, commercial advice.’
Nick Williamson; very experienced dealmaker, on the ball and always there when you need him. Pleasant boardroom advisor, sensible lawyer providing excellent quality service. Very knowledgeable and reliable and is a delight to work with. Really providing added value and always delivers.’
‘Tom Mercer – first rate public M&A lawyer, very commercial, easy to deal with.’
The team is technically excellent and focused on solving for issues practically and efficiently. I appreciate their ‘always available’ attitude when working globally. Their firm is committed to female partner advancement and that is reflected in the team that I deal with every day, which I appreciate.’
‘Impressive group of excellent partners and associates operating at the highest level of corporate and commercial. Top firm in M&A. Very effective deal team, thoughtful, responsive and excellent quality.’
The Ashurst corporate practice is pragmatic, commercial and always happy to assist.’
Babcock International Group
British Business Bank
Johnston Press / JPI Media
Kier Group plc
- Advised PPL Corporation on the sale of Western Power Distribution to National Grid.
- Advised AVEVA Group on its acquisition of OSIsoft.
- Advised Moss Bros on the Takeover Panel ruling that Brigadier Acquisition Company Limited could not lapse its offer.
Praised by clients for its full-service capabilities and collegiate style, Macfarlanes LLP is regularly sought out by well-known corporates across sectors including pharmaceuticals, financial and professional services, media, and retail for advice on large cross-border deals. Co-practice head Howard Corney advises clients on international and emerging markets M&A and other matters. Luke Powell, who runs the department with Corney, focuses on financial services, asset management and private equity, serving as the relationship partner for several of the firm’s top clients. Harry Coghill‘s broad sector focus sees him leading on multiple high-value transatlantic deals – often in collaboration with the equally prolific Tom Rose. Alex Edmondson heads up the firm’s private equity practice.
Howard Corney; Luke Powell
Other key lawyers:
Harry Coghill; Tom Rose
‘Macfarlanes’ reputation is a major benefit for us. As a full-service law firm, we’ve been able to make use of their leading practices in other areas, notably tax, financial services regulation and pensions and the corporate team manage this very effectively for us. Some of our transactions are very unique (non-standard) but the team are able to solve these issues and provide solutions that really do help. Everything feels bespoke for us.’
‘Luke Powell has an eye for every bit of detail and is fully involved in each of our transactions. He knows exactly what we want to achieve out of each of our investments and he makes it happen. He has become a trusted adviser and a first point of contact for the entire team.’
‘Excellent technical knowledge and strong experience base. Highly responsive and a pleasure to work with: highly collegiate.’
Aberdeen Standard Life
Legal & General
Ritz Hotel (London)
Smith & Williamson
XPO Supply Chain
- Advised Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc on its acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals plc.
- Advising the Asda management team as part of the sale of Asda to the Issa brothers.
- Advised the senior management team of Genius Sports Group on its business combination agreement with dMY Technology Group, Inc. II.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is well regarded among its private equity and asset management clients for its experience in high-value take-privates and M&A. Beyond its strengths in PE, the team is regularly engaged on complex cross-border deals for major players in energy, infrastructure, fintech, and manufacturing, with practice head and TMT specialist Ben Spiers frequently leading. Amy Mahon‘s M&A practice focuses on infrastructure, with recent highlights including large, cross-border acquisitions of recycling businesses and gas pipeline assets. Meanwhile, in the time since James Howe joined the team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher he has already acted for a significant proportion of the firm’s asset management and advertising clientele. Adam Signy‘s sterling reputation for public company takeovers and private equity transactions means that he is routinely instructed by banks, asset managers, and blue-chip corporates across a range of industries. Clare Gaskell is also highly active within the team, regularly leading on private M&A and public takeovers for a commercial and financial services clients.
Other key lawyers:
Amy Mahon; James Howe; Adam Signy; Clare Gaskell
‘Unparalleled ability to structure and execute complex high-value cross border transactions. Technically excellent and able to balance well with a very commercial approach – know what is important to us and are committed to delivering.’
‘Adam Signy – what he doesn’t know about M&A isn’t worth knowing, has seen it all, yet still loves getting in the trenches on deals with the foot soldiers to get it done. The best mix in the City of both public and private experience and puts it to good effect. Huge gravitas with board members, but still has time and attention for those lower down the ladder.‘
Arle Capital Partners
The Blackstone Group
Blackstone Real Estate Partners
Bruin Sports Capital
The Carlyle Group
CBRE Group Inc.
EQT International Holdings B.V.
Global Infrastructure Partners
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Melrose Industries PLC
Pets at Home Group Plc
Silver Lake Partners
Vista Equity Partners
- Advised Refinitiv on its acquisition by London Stock Exchange Group.
- Advised a consortium of investors, comprising Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, NH Investment & Securities and Snam on its energy infrastructure deal with The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
- Advised KKR Global Infrastructure Investors Fund III in connection with its acquisition of Viridor Limited from Pennon Group plc.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
The London office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP advises leading multinationals and global banks on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional M&A – both public and private. In light of the events of the past year, the group has seen a significant uptick in distressed asset sales, working closely with the restructuring team on deals for clients in several of the hardest hit sectors. Aside from Covid-related work, has been continuing to build its links with FTSE clients, working on a growing number of UK M&A transactions. Jeremy Kutner is noted for his diverse cross-sector expertise, leading on major deals for clients in private equity, financial services, and consumer goods manufacturing. Ben Perry's recent highlights include a number of deals for publicly-owned investment funds, investment banks, and aerospace manufacturers. Timothy Emmerson remains a counsel with the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Ben Perry; Jeremy Kutner; Timothy Emmerson
‘Extremely effective, commercially minded and reliable.’
‘Ben Perry is outstanding. Extremely deep knowledge and expertise, strong at negotiating, commercially minded and an amazing memory for detail. He is also an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘S&C team is a couple of steps ahead and can quickly adapt to a new situations. They are very knowledgeable and commercially minded.’
‘The lawyers I have worked with have a completely different education in addition to the law degree. Could be anything from string theory to nuclear energy, which adds value when solving problems.’
A versatile offering, coupled with an impressive and expanding bench of market-leading practitioners, underpins Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's stellar reputation for major M&A transactions. The firm added well-regard private equity and M&A lawyer Murray Cox from Slaughter and May in 2021, following on from the hire of David Avery-Gee from Linklaters in 2019. Avery-Gee jointly leads the practice with veteran partner Michael Francies, with the team drawing on the firm's strengths in private equity and SPAC deals to play an increasing role in the City M&A market. Francies and Avery-Gee are praised by clients for their 'attentiveness and versatility', routinely leading on many of the firm's most significant mandates. The team received a further boost in 2021 with the addition of renowned competition and regulatory expert Jenine Hulsmann from Clifford Chance LLP.
David Avery-Gee; Michael Francies
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly professional and responsive to all client requests. No turnaround time and 24/7 availability during crisis time. Being one of the top corporate law firms globally, WGM’s systems, diversity, innovation etc are of the highest standard.‘
‘I am particularly impressed by this practice’s ability to combine high end UK and US capability, which was what we needed on the matter on which we consulted them. We also needed insolvency expertise on both sides of the Atlantic which they were able to provide, and coordination of all these various aspects.’
Highland Gold Mining
Montagu Private Equity
- Advised Willis Towers Watson on its pending combination with Aon plc.
- Advised Her Majesty’s Government as part of a 50/50 consortium with India-based Bharti Global in the consortium’s acquisition of OneWeb Global.
- Advised InPost and Advent as selling shareholders on the English and U.S. aspects of the offering and listing of InPost on the Euronext Amsterdam.
Baker McKenzie's presence in the premium M&A market is reflected in the volume of big-ticket, multinational transactions that the London office advises on. Headed up Helen Bradley and Jane Hobson, who specialise in public and private M&A respectively, the team has recently led on major acquisitions, disposals, and other strategically significant transactions for blue-chip consumer goods multinationals, tech companies, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment groups. Jannan Crozier is noted for her international experience and broad TMT expertise, driving many of the firm's premier, cross border instructions. Infrastructure M&A specialist Nick Rainsford has joined the team from Ashurst, while former Slaughter and May partner Adam Eastell has arrived from an in-house position at an AI and data science company.
Jane Hobson (Head of Private M&A Group); Helen Bradley (Head of Public M&A group)
Other key lawyers:
Jannan Crozier; Nick Rainsford; Adam Eastell
‘The firm’s global network is unique, as is the care it gives key clients.’
‘Outstanding efficiency, including for premium global deals. Belfast is an innovative platform for monitoring complex, large, multi-jurisdictional deals.’
‘Client care is a true value of Baker McKenzie, shared by many partners and associates – it’s part of the firm’s culture. ‘
Chr. Hansen Holding A/S
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
Peak Oyun Yazılım ve Pazarlama A.Ş.
Symphony Technology Group (STG)
Inter Pipeline Limited
Gulf Insurance Group K.S.C.P.
- Advised KKR regarding an investment deal in multinational cosmetics and beauty company Coty Inc.
- Advised GlaxoSmithKline on its series of strategic site divestments as lead deal counsel.
- Advised Puig on its acquisition of Charlotte Tilbury.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Drawing on the firm's longstanding European presence, the active team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represents a diverse range of clients on high value, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. The practice regularly represents leading financial institutions, mining companies, and asset managers, including some of the world's foremost sovereign wealth funds. Tihir Sarkar handles a multitude of cross-border M&A mandates, most notably in the emerging markets. Sam Bagot leads on a large proportion of the firm's transatlantic instructions, while Nallini Puri has recently handled high-profile instructions in the world of tech and pharmaceuticals.
Other key lawyers:
Tihir Sarkar; Sam Bagot; Nallini Puri; Michael Preston; Gabriele Antonazzo
‘Mike Preston – fantastic client service. Always available. Always helpful. Really makes me feel like I have a true partner who is aligned with me and understands and supports our goals.’
‘Nallini Puri is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. Communicates very well. I feel comfortable when she is in the room.’
‘Luca Bernini has handled day to day matters efficiently, with a good balance between focusing on the details and being pragmatic. Also very pleasant to work with.’
- Advising Euronext in its acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group from the London Stock Exchange Group plc.
- Advising Allied Universal in its acquisition of the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of G4S.
- Advised Cascade Investment in its acquisition of Signature Aviation plc as part of a consortium with Blackstone and Global Infrastructure Partners.
Drawing on its expansive international presence and resources, CMS' considerable corporate team is regularly engaged on M&A transactions for a diverse roster of domestic and international clients. The practice is jointly led by energy and infrastructure specialist Charles Currier and corporate real estate expert Victoria Henry. The 'exceptional' Louise Wallace leads the consumer products offering, while Helen Johnson heads up the retail desk. Kirsty Duane is a key figure for cross-border infrastructure matters. Former co-head of corporate Iain Newman retired from the firm.
Charles Currier; Victoria Henry
Other key lawyers:
Louise Wallace; Helen Johnson; Kirsty Duane
‘First-rate practice in private M&A. They have the ability to do diligence in every country in Europe and maintain a very commercial sensibility. They are creative in finding solutions and tough where they need to be.’
‘Louise Wallace is exceptional. She works very hard, masters entirely new matters quickly, is a great deal leader and gets along well with finance and business executives.’
‘Charles Currier has an unrivalled experience in the offshore wind industry. One of the things that stands out is his commercial mindset and pragmatism, which are a real asset in closing complex negotiations.’
‘Very strong team with excellent industry knowledge and expertise across Europe.’
‘Louise Wallace is a go-to partner in the hospitality sector, providing excellent strategic advice with a strong team in support.’
‘Extremely experienced and dedicated team with an outstanding knowledge of the energy industry.’
Real Asset Advisers
Moss Bros Group plc
- Advised Equinor on its agreement with BP to sell 50% of its interests in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets on the US East Coast.
- Advised RWS Holdings plc on the recommended all-share takeover of SDL plc.
- Advised RWE on its agreement to sell a 49% stak in the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm to Greencoat.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's small bench of UK and US-qualified lawyers are regularly engaged on some of the largest, cross-border transactions in the market. The team works with an impressive roster of FTSE and NASDAQ-listed corporates, as well as a number of private equity houses and is able to field teams with strong transatlantic capabilities when required. Practice head Will Pearce is a prolific figure within the corporate group, handling a steady stream of takeovers, cross-border private M&A deals and PE-led transactions. Jeff O’Brien is recommended for his far-reaching experience in European and emerging markets, often working in collaboration with corporate finance specialist Dan Hirschovits. William Tong is highly experienced in fintech and insurance transactions, while Joseph Scrace boasts growing expertise in the retail sector.
Other key lawyers:
Jeff O’Brien; Dan Hirschovits; William Tong; Joseph Scrace
BDT Capital Partners
Whitney Wolfe Herd
- Advised Evercore as financial adviser to Connells and its parent company, Skipton Building Society, on its cash offer to acquire Countrywide plc.
- Advised The Ferrero Group on its acquisition of Eat Natural.
- Advised UBS as sponsor in connection with the unification of Unilever’s dual-headed group legal structure under a single parent company, Unilever PLC, implemented through an EU cross-border merger.
Hogan Lovells International LLP made a statement of intent for its London M&A practice with the hire of former White & Case LLP partner Patrick Sarch in February 2021. The transatlantic firm is able to offer a comprehensive service to clients on both sides of the atlantic, making it an attractive proposition for UK and US-listed companies seeking assistance on major M&A deals. Sarch jointly leads the UK M&A team with Ben Higson, and the team is particularly noted for its experience in highly regulated sectors including TMT, life sciences, healthcare, energy, and financial services. Global co-head of energy and natural resources Sarah Shaw is another partner active in the M&A practice.
Ben Higson; Patrick Sarch
Other key lawyers:
‘Ben Higson brings valuable experience with the nooks and crannies of foreign/cross-border M&A transactions and seamlessly merges overall advice with fine attention to detail. Able to reply quickly and pragmatically on any kind of issue or problem.’
‘The Hogan Lovells team feels like an extension of our internal legal team. They take the time to really understand our strategy and work along side us to get there. Also a super responsive team; partners answer their phones, and the team has spent many late nights with us. They are also high quality lawyers who know their stuff. I would also call out their fee “dashboards” that provide in-depth analysis of the spend on any given deal monthly as you go. Its a rich data set and has won over my CFO.’
‘The Hogan Lovells teams that I have had the pleasure to work with have served us very well with first class legal advice that meets our needs.’
‘All of our recent matters with Hogan Lovells are international and cross-border. The firm was able to rapidly scale up and scale down advice and support from EU-wide to country-specific level, including arranging and integrating comprehensive input from local counsel in each jurisdiction into the overall project direction and handling. The level of support and diligent integration of country-specific advice into fast-moving, region-wide project handling was incredible and far beyond any expectation we could have had. Hogan Lovells is a clear leader in cross-border projects and advice.’
‘Excellent subject matter expertise. The firm is responsive to requests.’
‘Responsive and reliable.’
CPI Property Group
Qatar Insurance Company
- Advised AmerisourceBergen Corporation on its acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.’s wholesale distribution business in Europe.
- Advised PerkinElmer, Inc. on two public takeovers over the past 12 months, including its cash takeover of Immunotec Global plc and its all cash public takeover offer for Horizon Discovery Group PLC.
- Advised Ingredion on its acquisition of PureCircle Limited.
Drawing on its broad network of international offices Norton Rose Fulbright is able to offer clients corporate and M&A expertise across Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and Africa. The firm regularly advises clients from its key sectors: financial institutions; energy, infrastructure, mining & commodities; transport; technology and life sciences and healthcare. Steered by EMEA corporate chief Raj Karia, the team is predominantly instructed on matters with a strong international aspect, coordinating transformative transactions. Paul Whitelock is a key figure for capital markets transactions and public M&A, including LSE and AIM-listed takeovers. Experienced in Asian and African markets, Jon Perry is rated by clients for his 'nimble, problem-solving approach'. Meanwhile TMT specialist Oliver Stacey is praised as 'traditional trusted counsel'.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Whitelock; Jon Perry; Oliver Stacey; Alan Bainbridge; Fiona Millington; Chris Grieves; Stephen Rigby; Bayo Odubeko; Jason Moss; Claire O’Donnell; Zahra Sachedina
‘Jon Perry is an excellent partner. Top tier M&A lawyer, brilliant client engagement, and nimble problem solving approach.’
‘Practical, commercially minded, proactive and collaborative.’
‘I would like to give specific mention to the partner, Oliver Stacey and Zahra Sachedina. I have now worked with them for over two and a half years, and they never fail to impress. Oliver is affable, and the traditional trusted counsel. Always available and making sure the matter runs smoothly. Zahra is very capable and available. At her junior level she is able to inspire confidence normally only bestowed on her much more senior colleagues.’
Bank of Montreal
Delta Air Lines
Lloyds Banking Group
Terra Firma Capital Partners
- Advised Total on the acquisition from SSE Renewables of a majority stake in the Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm project.
- Advised Carlsberg on its deal with Marston’s plc to form the Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company.
- Advised Bombardier Inc. on the sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom.
Shearman & Sterling LLP made a significant play in the City M&A market in 2021, with the hire of Travers' former London M&A head Phil Cheveley . Cheveley joins a team co-led by veteran practitioner Laurence Levy , who advises across a range of public and private company deals for companies from sectors such as media, finance and consumer goods. Other notable partners in the London team include Nick Withers , who advises clients from sectors such as financial services, TMT, and life sciences. Infrastructure partner Tim Sheddick left for White & Case LLP .
Laurence Levy, Phil Cheveley
Other key lawyers:
Nick Withers; Simon Burrows
‘Excellent firm – no weak links on the junior side, quality service delivered with an eye on efficiency and speed not racking up the time.’
‘Simon Burrows and Richard Porter get the deal done quickly and efficiently without the melodrama and theatrics some firms are under the misapprehension clients want.’
Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4
Sasol New Energy Holdings Proprietary Limited
SS&C Technologies, Inc.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Tetra Laval International S.A.
DBAY Advisors Limited
Gulf Marine Services plc
Anglo American plc
- Advised Fairfax Financial Holdings on the sale of RiverStone to CVC Capital Partners.
- Advised Tetra Laval group on its acquisition of Avon Rubber p.l.c.’s milkrite | InterPuls business.
- Advised Microvast Inc. on its business combination with special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) Tuscan Holdings Corp.
White & Case LLP 's City M&A practice has seen a number of changes in 2021, with the firm adding Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day and infrastructure specialist Tim Sheddick from Shearman & Sterling LLP, following the departure of former practice head Patrick Sarch to Hogan Lovells International LLP early in the year. The team works with a number of FTSE-listed companies, investment banks, and private equity funds on high value deals and has particular expertise in energy and highly regulated industries. Practice head Allan Taylor is noted for his natural resources expertise, regularly advising on metals and mining transactions, while Alan Burke's track record in oil and gas matters have seen him leading on some of the biggest cross-border deals of the year. Hyder Jumabhoy co-heads the EMEA financial services M&A practice and regularly represents an array of blue-chip banks and fintech companies. Sonica Tolani's has advised on a number of European SPAC transactions, with Mason's arrival further boosting the firm's expertise in this field.
Other key lawyers:
Alan Burke; Hyder Jumabhoy; Sonica Tolani; Ferdinand Mason; Tim Sheddick; Ashley Ballard; Daniel Turgel
‘Broad corporate team with specialists in equities and capital markets.’
‘Really care about the client.’
‘Full service team with broad experience working on cross-border transactions in the oil & gas sector in Central Asia.’
‘Allan Taylor is pragmatic and resourceful in helping to overcome obstacles and get transactions done.’
‘Dan Turgel is always prepared to go the extra mile for the client.’
Amigo Holdings Plc
Avon Rubber p.l.c.
The Co-operative Bank Plc
Multiple clients with the Future Fund
Kobalt Music Group
Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian
Royal Bank of Canada
Uni Credit SpA
MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas Plc
- Advised Avon Rubber p.l.c. on aggregate of approximately US$500 million in cross-border deals.
- Advised ADVANZ PHARMA on its sale to Nordic Capital.
- Advised Alpha Bank on 4 M&A transactions in the last 18 months in connection with the implementation of its balance sheet re-calibration exercise.
Akin Gump LLP's London office is highly regarded by clients for its 'depth of talent and resources' on high-value, cross-border transactions. The team is particularly noted for its strength in emerging markets, handling major energy, TMT, and infrastructure deals for clients in locations such as Russia, the CIS, Africa, and Latin America. Joint practice heads Sebastian Rice and Daniel G. Walsh both boast significant experience in international M&A, variously specialising in private equity, venture capital, and telecoms deals. The practice is benefitting from its 2019 hires; Gavin Weir is roundly praised by clients as 'the definition of a trusted adviser', Shaun Lascelles is recommended for his deep knowledge of international oil and gas markets, while Weyinmi Popo is a key contact for Africa-focused private equity sponsors, strategic investors and family offices.
Sebastian Rice; Dan Walsh
Other key lawyers:
Gavin Weir; Shaun Lascelles; Weyinmi Popo
‘The team we have worked with has been excellent. They are responsive, thoughtful and proactive. They reacted very well to the challenges of the pandemic and maintained a consistently high quality of service despite those challenges. They worked extremely well and efficiently to a challenging timetable.’
‘Akin Gump’s team acts as our trusted partner on every transaction we contemplate. They have the depth of talent and resources to cover all aspects of an acquisition, they are responsive, understand the commercial imperatives and go beyond the interpretation of the law to provide options and solutions to solve issues faced during the structuring or negotiation.’
‘Gavin Weir is key to the Akin Gump’s team approach and added-value. He is thorough, has broad and lateral thinking abilities, is a problem-solver, creative and innovative, while having a perfect moral compass. He is the definition of a trusted advisor. His availability is remarkable, making you feel you have his undivided attention.’
‘Gavin Weir is an excellent negotiator, able to navigate demanding transactions and to assist in the formulation of effective strategies in transaction procedures, and negotiations. He is a highly experienced professional who brings valuable know-how and sound legal advice to his clients.’
‘Gavin Weir has repeatedly contributed to us completing several successful transactions. His experience, professionalism, robust & wide legal knowledge and problem-solving attitude and capability make him stand-out compared to his peers.’
‘Gavin Weir is superb. He is always available and ensures that we receive the golden standard in legal advice across multiple topics. He is smart at bringing in his partners if he feels it is required.’
‘Level of client care is excellent. Give legal advice but with a commercial perspective. M&A expertise is second to none.’
‘Sebastian Rice – experience and a commanding presence in legal discussion. He acknowledges our views and makes it happen for us’.
VPI Holdings Ltd
Helios Investment Partners
Cairn Capital Group
Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of the Premier Oil Group
Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)
Africa Capital Works
Mail.ru Group Limited
- Advised VPI Holding Limited on the company’s proposed acquisition from Drax Group plc of four combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in the UK.
- Advising Cairn Capital Group Ltd., together with Mediobanca S.p.A. on the terms of an acquisition and merger with Bybrook Capital LLP.
- Advising Fortenova Grupa d.d. on the sale of its frozen food business to Nomad Foods.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
The London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher boasts UK and US expertise across a range of cross-border M&A deals. Seasoned practitioner Jeremy Kenley is noted for his focus on real estate transactions. Nick Tomlinson regularly handles multi-jurisdictional M&A, with his recent highlights including deals in the financial services and TMT sectors. Selina Sagayam boasts far-reaching experience in public M&A, international corporate finance transactions, and UK and European takeovers. Anna Howell concentrates on oil and gas mandates. Former corporate partner Nigel Stacey left for Baker Botts (UK) LLP in September 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Kenley; Selina Sagayam; Nick Tomlinson; Anna Howell
‘Proactive, great project management, commercially minded and responsive.’
‘Good at maintaining contact, even when there is less deal activity.’
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
Hitachi Capital Corporation
John Wiley & Sons
CITIC Capital / Caixin Global
The Hut Group
Investcorp Holdings BSC
A concerted sector-specific growth effort has seen the 'highly commercial' Greenberg Traurig, LLP markedly expand its life sciences offering over the past year, working with a number of new and existing clients on M&A transactions. London practice head Fiona Adams is praised for her 'sophisticated operating style and deep expertise' in deals, leading on mandates for some of the firm's most high profile clients in pharmaceuticals as well as automotive manufacturing. Sarah F. Moyles is one of the most prolific deal lawyers in the team, handling transactions for a broad swathe of its TMT client base. Emma Bosworth is recommended for her automotive sector expertise.
Paul Maher; Fiona Adams
Other key lawyers:
Joel Wheeler; Sarah Moyles; Emma Bosworth; Henrietta Walker
‘Joel Wheeler is extremely knowledgeable about the practice area, and did a lot to keep the acquisition on track by riding herd on the opposing counsel as often as needed (and that was fairly often). A great example of an international M&A practitioner.’
‘Responsive, commercial and pragmatic.’
‘Paul Maher, Henrietta Walker and Fiona Adams:all excellent.’
‘Top talent availability and willingness to work with client to create long-term relationship and fair pricing methods. Highly commercial mindset and focus on delivering results for the client. Superb negotiating and strategic skills in architecting transactions. Every deal is staffed with senior experienced practitioners.’
‘Paul Maher is the best legal dealmaker I have ever met. Joel Wheeler is a strong negotiator and sound counsel. The entire team delivers exceptional results in record times.’
‘Paul Maher is a fierce negotiator, marshals the team really well, very client-friendly.’
‘Fiona Adams is a sophisticated operator with deep expertise, at ease in the most complex transactions, excellent negotiating style.’
Jones Day's London practice regularly handles large mandates for clients in the corporate real estate, financial services, private equity, TMT, engineering, life sciences, and retail sectors. Joint practice heads Giles Elliott and Leon Ferera steer a team which is especially renowned for its public takeover work, where the 'technically brilliant' William McDonald is a key contact. Vica Irani is praised by clients for 'exceptional attentiveness and very effective negotiating' in high-value transactions. Anna Cartwright is recommended for her expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Giles P. Elliott; Leon N. Ferera
Other key lawyers:
William McDonald; Vica Irani; Anna Cartwright
‘The Jones Day Corporate Team punch above their weight in terms of responsiveness, providing a creative and tailored solution based approach to issues and having a core team of individuals at all times across the detail.’
‘Vica Irani is exceptionally attentive to clients’ needs, is balanced in her approach to contentious issues and a very effective negotiator. Will McDonald is a technically brilliant lawyer with particularly impressive expertise on Public M&A matters. He is a pleasure to work with’
‘Strong, partner-led service offering – both technically excellent and commercially focused. Stronger international network than other international firms.’
Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP
Greystar Real Estate Partners
J.F. Lehman & Company
L Brands, Inc.
- Advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust in connection with the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone.
- Represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria’s Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- Advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited.
Milbank's London office is increasingly a destination practice for market-leading asset managers, energy providers, and telecoms companies seeking representation on big-ticket, cross-border deals. The corporate group is noted for its unique capabilities as a London-based adviser on Greek M&A, working with a range of public and private financial sector clients on numerous acquisitions and disposals. Joint practice heads Mark Stamp and Lisa O’Neill are both highly active transactional lawyers, working across a broad range of sectors and jurisdictions. Andrew Reilly is also roundly recommended by clients. Andrej Wolf arrived from Kirkland & Ellis, strengthening the firm's private equity offering.
Mark Stamp; Lisa O’Neill
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Reilly; Andrej Wolf
‘Best law firm I have ever worked with. Absolute professionals, always available, always reliable, top notch advice and top quality outputs. Organized, technologically advanced, really nothing to complain about. Would absolutely recommend to all my clients.’
‘Both partners and associates have a clear background of relentless work and education. They are top notch.’
‘Lisa O’Neill and Andrew Reilly, both are amazing and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them.’
Allianz Global Investors
National Bank of Greece
Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Turkish Wealth Fund
The Cranemere Group
Park Square Partners
- Advised a consortium of investors led by Apollo Global Management Inc. and its subsidiaries in connection with the long-term strategic investment entered into with The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
- Advised United Group on its acquisition of a significant minority interest in Forthnet S.A.
- Advised National Bank of Greece on the sale of a portfolio of non-performing secured corporate loans to Bain Capital Credit.
Paul Hastings LLP
Paul Hastings LLP's London office handles a strong mix of private and public M&A instructions, representing a range of clients from the worlds of telecoms, energy, software, and media. Steven Bryan's broad infrastructure expertise sees him leading on domestic and cross-border transactions for major players in energy, shipping, and transportation. Roger Barron is noted for his formidable M&A experience, working with a deep roster of FTSE-listed companies operating in TMT and retail. Garrett Hayes is also recommended for his critical role in the team's burgeoning telecommunications offering.
Other key lawyers:
Steven Bryan; Roger Barron; Garrett Hayes
‘Roger Barron provides wise counsel, is very commercial and responsive.‘
‘A law firm is as good as its lawyers. The team is generally extremely good and works well together.’
‘Go-to on highly complex deals. Extremely agile in negotiations and seeing paths around obstacles. Able to work in small teams which are highly mobile.‘
NJJ Telecom Europe
Abry Partners II, LLC
Brookfield Private Equity
Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP
Salt Mobile SA
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Jacobs Engineering Group
City Football Group
Ocean Technologies Group
- Advised Keysight Technologies on its acquisition of Eggplant Software.
- Advised eir on the sale of Emerald Tower Limited to Phoenix Tower International.
- Advised EIG Global Energy Partners on its agreement with Fluxys for the sale of a 27.5% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasduto Bolívia-Brasil S.A.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP‘s M&A practice is recognised for its distinctive strengths in the life sciences arena, as well as its broader cross-sector focus on technology, energy, heavy industry, and media. Led by European corporate head Gregor Frizzell, the team has recently been engaged on an array of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals, most notably for major corporates in the US and Western Europe. Louise Nash‘s experience ranges from life sciences to luxury branded goods, acting on huge transactions for some of the most well-known names in the market. James Gubbins‘ recent highlights include acting on takeovers and reverse mergers of global diagnostic companies, while James Halstead has played a crucial role in deals for multinational pharmaceuticals and cutting-edge VR studios.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Amies; Paul Claydon; Louise Nash; James Gubbins; James Halstead
‘The Covington team focuses on what really matters for you. Filtering out the noise rather than producing noise to increase billable hours. The lawyers are commercially savvy and can navigate through changes in a bold way, only bringing to attention those critical items that the client needs to know and understand. They fight a hard battle when necessary but generally try to smoothly navigate you through all storms. They can think around the corner, twist and turns and will prepare you well in time for what you need to know and be aware of.’
‘The team is just very knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated. They are great at getting everyone aligned around a commercial solution to any negotiation. They always deliver.’
‘Louise Nash – amazing counsel with great commercial sense. Louise is excellent in building up and leveraging the team. She has an excellent hand for picking the right counsel for the challenges. Louise filters out the noise very efficiently and helps you to focus on what really matters. Her strategic thinking and advice are outstanding. She counsels in a way that the partners from the other side regularly trust her more than their own counsel.
‘James Halstead is a superb commercial lawyer. He’s excellent at explaining complex legal issues and helping resolve difficult negotiations. The team has always delivered amazing results for us.’
Elanco Animal Health
Horizon Discovery Group plc
Oxford Immunotec Global plc
Renesas Electronics Corporation
- Advised Horizon Discovery Group plc in its acquisition by PerkinElmer Inc. pursuant to an all-cash recommended takeover offer.
- Advised the management team of disguise, an extended reality (xR) technology company, in the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group and a minority stake to Epic Games.
- Represented Elanco Animal Health in connection with an agreement with French pharmaceutical company Vetoquinol to divest various rights to the Drontal and Profender product families from Bayer AG’s animal health business.
The London office of Dechert LLP enjoys a sterling reputation in the financial services M&A space, advising on domestic and cross-border transactions for various banks. Over the past year the team has been regularly engaged on fintech transactions, as well as handling deals for clients in the consumer, retail, life sciences, and TMT space. Practice head Douglas Getter regularly represents private and publicly-listed companies on international M&A deals, while Sean Geraghty is known for his deep expertise in the TMT sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are always personable and approachable and there is a good depth of skills with a willingness and ease to bring other colleagues to the table where they can add value on specific topics. The team have an in-depth understanding of all things financial services and an ability when looking at M&A to identify all aspects of the transaction which need considering – not just the obvious legal or FS elements. The relationship aspect is critical when handling boards and key shareholders and their skill, diplomacy and straight talking was particularly evident in our dealings with the firm.’
‘Very focused on providing the best advice and solutions to complex corporate structuring problems. Good knowledge of offshore regimes.’
‘Dechert’s M&A teams are true business partners. The teams are narrowly tailored so you build a true partnership and they bring in specialists as needed but do not over-staff a deal team. Their experience is broad and they bring a high level of expertise, creative solutions and tried & true experience to the table. The partner stays involved – unlike other firms, you are not dumped on an associate. Pricing is appropriate.’
‘The firm is more commercial than most firms and exceeds in terms of developing client relationships and networks.’
‘The individuals we dealt with were technically highly capable and combined that with a level of approachability and personal service which I believe is exceptional. They are always responsive and suitably pragmatic when needing to be. They always set out the risks associated with different courses of action where matters of executive judgement were involved and on more clear cut issues always gave a very clear and unambiguous steer.’
‘Doug Getter has very broad international experience and stays involved with all aspects of the deal team. He is creative in solving issues and brings a vast knowledge of prior solutions to the table. He is passionate about his work and can have frank conversations when needed. Very business oriented and practical. Remains focused. Staffs the team appropriately.’
‘Doug Getter – top notch all around. Works for his clients tirelessly.’
Bank Audi s.a.l .
Branded E-Commerce Holding GmbH
Crown Holdings, Inc.
Ebro Foods S.A.
Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A. (OTE)
Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
ICTS International N.V.
- Advised Crown Holdings, Inc. on the carve-out and sale of an 80% stake in its European food can business.
- Advised Bank Audi s.a.l. on the sale of 100% of the share capital of its Egyptian subsidiary to First Abu Dhabi Bank.
- Advised Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. on the sale of its 100% stake in OTE International Investments Ltd.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's London M&A practice regularly works on big-ticket, cross-border transactions for a strong roster of blue-chip companies, investment banks, and financial services corporations. The practice is jointly led by Ian Lopez, noted for his healthcare sector skills, and Dan Oates, who is equally fluent across both public M&A and private equity matters. Nicholas Skill is experienced in a broad range of corporate finance transactions.
Ian Lopez; Dan Oates
‘The Fried Frank team come up with innovative solutions to solve issues to get a transaction done quickly whilst protecting us from undue risk’
‘Ian Lopez and Nicholas Skill are a pleasure to work with. We can have frank conversations and can challenge each other’s perspective which generally results in a better outcome for us, the client. They are able to engage specialist input on tap when required.’
Jacobs Engineering Group
Domino’s Pizza Group plc
Allocate Software Limited
Guardian Media Group
- Advised Domino’s Pizza Group plc on four auction sales to dispose of some of its international businesses
- Advised Aleris Corporation, a leading global producer of aluminum rolled products, in its acquisition by Novelis, Inc.
- Counsel to Jacobs Engineering Group on its £1.825bn acquisition of PA Consulting Group.
King & Spalding LLP's corporate and M&A practice is well regarded by its blue-chip energy and financial institutions client base, whom it routinely represents on cross-border, upper mid-market transactions. Practice head William Charnley is highly experienced in public and private deals, most notably in the financial services sector. Dual-qualified (England and US) Martin Hunt has an expansive international energy offering, with a recent focus on offshore oil and gas instructions in North and West Africa. Krishna Omkar is noted for his emphasis on emerging markets, especially on mandates with a strong Indian aspect.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Hunt; Krishna Omkar
‘Great team to work with – very responsive with quick turnaround.’
Utmost Group of Companies
Active Healthcare Solutions Ltd.
Life Company Consolidation Group (“LCCG”)
Eddie Stobart Logistics plc
Micrometrics Instrument Corporation
Anexo Group plc
Afendis Capital Partners
- Advised Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc on the terms of a recommended cash offer to acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Scapa Group plc.
- Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics plc on the disposal of 51% of its trading entities.
- Advised the Utmost Group of Companies (“Utmost”), backed by US private equity group Oaktree Capital in finalising its group reorganisation.
Mayer Brown International LLP works with a diverse sweep of high-profile companies on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice is jointly led by Kate Ball-Dodd and Perry Yam, who lead the London and global corporate teams respectively. Robert Hamill's eclectic sector experience encompasses energy, mining, media and entertainment, while Tim Nosworthy is a key port of call for the firm's fund manager client base. Richard Page concentrates on real estate, private equity, and TMT, regularly leading on a number of the firm's biggest instructions. Rebecca Bothamley is praised by clients for her equal fluency in public and private transactions.
Kate Ball-Dodd (London Corporate Practice Leader; Perry Yam (London-based Global Corporate Practice Leader)
Other key lawyers:
Robert Hamill; Tim Nosworthy; Richard Page; Rebecca Bothamley
‘Very responsive, commercial advice good reach internationally as well as across practices.’
‘Rob Hamill has seen it all: very commercial and client focused, and a calm presence in the turbulence of a deal.’
‘We see them as an extension of the in-house team – able to pick up and run with a brief.’
‘Richard Page possesses great technical skills, hugely hard working and a pleasure to spend time with.’
‘Rebecca Bothamley is a true all-rounder, comfortable with public and private deals.’
Entertainment One Limited
Volga Gas Plc
Shearwater Group Plc
Sumitomo Metal Mining Limited
- Represented CDK Global Inc in the sale of its international segment to Francisco Partners
- Represented The Hartford Financial in the sale of Navigators Holdings Europe to Premia Holdings Ltd.
- Represented Volga Gas in relation to an offer by GEM Capital Holdings Ltd.
Morrison & Foerster LLP‘s corporate team frequently represents high-profile clients on tech sector M&A and premium investment transactions, both domestically and internationally. Andrew Boyd chiefly works with the firm’s tech and food sector client base, while the ‘very impressive’ Gary Brown is noted for his experience in high-value, cross-border tech and financial services transactions. The dual-qualified (English and US) Dan Coppel is a key contact for private M&A matters, most notably in technology, manufacturing, energy and natural resources. Amit Kataria and Jennifer Buckby are also recommended.
Andrew Boyd; Gary Brown; Dan Coppel; Amit Kataria; Stuart Alford; Simon Arlington
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is technically top notch and up to speed on market trends and practice.’
‘The team is extremely responsive and efficient, with outstanding legal skills. They coordinate the work of various offices to be the sole point of contact in complex deals, they are able to understand business concerns and provide tailored solutions.’
‘Amit Kataria is a seasoned partner who is able to negotiate our interests and give valuable insights into structure and risk. His knowledge of the subject is vast and his team works as one.’
‘Very client driven, trying to get the best result at all times.’
‘Dan Coppel stands out for his exceptional attentiveness.’
‘Amit Kataria is laser-focused on delivering high-quality commercial results and taking advantage of open opportunities to shape legal protections around the edges of definitive agreements. One of the most responsive partners we have ever worked with.’
‘Gary Brown is extremely approachable and is on my list of trusted advisors to call on speed-dial. He is a very impressive lawyer and a core part of our team for complex M&A transactions.’
SoftBank Group Corp.
Tate & Lyle PLC
The Yucaipa Companies
Virgo Investment Group
Vonage Holdings Corp.
Sonora Mills Foods Inc.
Hambrecht Ducera Growth Ventures
- Advised SoftBank Group Corp on the sale of Arm Limited to Nvidia.
- Advised Visa in connection with its acquisition of an equity stake in Interswitch, one of the largest ever fintech transactions in Africa.
- Advised Infobip on ann investment from One Equity Partners.
Proskauer Rose LLP's M&A practice routinely represents a broad roster of blue-chip clients working across numerous industries, including financial services, TMT, energy, and consumer goods. Global M&A co-chair and practice head Steven Davis concentrates on buyouts, buy-ins, and strategic M&A mandates for a rich and varied client base, with recent highlights including deals in hospitality and healthcare. Richard Bull focuses on financial services and technology, while 'excellent negotiator' Matt Rees is sought out by a litany of institutional investors.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Bull; Matt Rees; Liam Arthur; Rob Day; Andrew Wingfield
‘Very client focused. Understand perfectly what we need. In addition, the team is very goal-oriented. Therefore they ensure that processes keep on moving forward at all times.’
‘Matt Rees is an excellent negotiator and is very well-rehearsed in all the details. He is able to put forward our position in a very firm yet polite manner. Matt Clift works in a very efficient manner and is able to provide solutions to various issues that we have encountered in the transactions.’
‘Excellent client service at all times. Very responsive. Know our business inside out. Always available.’
‘Commercial, innovative, practical team. Great expertise and amazing collaborative approach.’
‘Andrew Wingfield – best lawyer I ever worked with. Super helpful, goes extra mile where needed.’
AnaCap Financial Partners
Brigadier Acquisition Company Limited
One Peak Partners
Pollen Street Capital
- Advised Accor regarding entering into exclusive negotiations with Ennismore to form the world’s leading lifestyle operator in the hospitality sector.
- Advised GIC on a joint purchase of a 36% stake in Rothesay Life from Blackstone.
- Advised Deliveroo on all of its legal matters including its recent Series H funding round.
Sidley Austin LLP 's 'outstanding' team works on upper mid-market, cross-border transactions for clients in the lifesciences, technology, and financial services sectors. Practice head Thomas Thesing is a trusted adviser for many of the firm's most longstanding clients, routinely working across a diverse array of sectors. James Wood is equally fluent in public and private cross-border M&A, with a notable recent focus on the asset management and pharmaceuticals sectors. Lyndsey Laverack is recommended for her real estate investment expertise.
Other key lawyers:
James Wood; Lyndsey Laverack
‘The Sidley team was instrumental in achieving a successful closing of a recent transaction for us. There were a number of complicated components and the team’s strength in distilling and advising on those was a critical factor in our ability to construct a deal that worked for us. Incisive, thoughtful and responsive during every step of the transaction.’
Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Arvelle Therapeutics B.V.
Metric Capital Partners
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company on the acquisition, with GIC, of Blackstone’s shareholding in Rothesay Life.
- Advised Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd on the acquisition of Inflazome.
- Acting for OrbiMed as the lead investor in a private placement by Mereo BioPharma Group plc.